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#21 malawiman85

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Posted 20 June 2016 - 02:14 PM

They are ridiculously small.

Cmon Jason, quit messing around and show us what you got?
If your Classified ads are anything to go by, im looking forward to it :-)

#22 Westie

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Posted 20 June 2016 - 09:28 PM

Is it that obvious? Ha ha. Ok maybe I'll ditch the leaf litter idea and go with something else........ A miniature great lake tank would be cool, especially if I bid on SGCF donated lots *hint hint*
That classifieds ad may have been an intentional bum steer ;)
In all seriousness though, I haven't decided on my blank canvas yet. I know that I'll get more points if I start earlier, but I don't want to rush it. I'll have something before October. I'll definitely be doing something different to what I did last time.

#23 malawiman85

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 10:17 AM

So, is anyone else planning on entering that hasn't yet?

And will someone please do a Cichlid (Thats the "C" in PCS) biotope.



#24 Westie

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 10:36 PM

There you go, I'm doing a Cichlid Biotope ;)

#25 Mattia

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 11:36 PM

I like the title Jas!! :P

#26 Westie

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Posted 25 June 2016 - 07:49 AM

Thanks Mattia. Hope you're enjoying yourself in Malawi

#27 malawiman85

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Posted 25 June 2016 - 08:55 PM

There you go, I'm doing a Cichlid Biotope ;)


Nice. Brichardi are nice fish. They look very cool in an established colony with their tiny fry swimming around amongst the adults.

#28 Westie

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Posted 25 June 2016 - 09:00 PM

I did a bit of shopping today. Found some stuff easier than I thought. I was planning to go for a burn down to Mandurah to check out Fishroom this arvo, but some other stuff came up unexpectedly.

Yeah I agree about the brichardi, it's cool watching a colony work together as a family.

Chocky that tank looks like it will be getting some quality gear put in to it. Are you putting a background on the tank?

#29 chocky

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Posted 26 June 2016 - 10:42 AM

Chocky that tank looks like it will be getting some quality gear put in to it. Are you putting a background on the tank?

hey jason
yeah i figured since I'll be downsizing a lot of my fish stuff i can concentrate and spend a bit more on this one. Also hence I've been slowly buying the stuff rather than a lot at once lol

I've thought about the background but hoping that once i have enough plants and driftwood etc , i won't need a background.

#30 malawiman85

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Posted 26 June 2016 - 11:11 PM

Looking good. Are you not worried about the ADA spiking ammonia though?

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Posted 26 June 2016 - 11:15 PM

Looking good. Are you not worried about the ADA spiking ammonia though?

a little bit!
I'll see how it goes in the morning. if it's bad ill add in an extra seeded sponge filter...

#32 Westie

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Posted 26 June 2016 - 11:17 PM

Use the ammonia spike to your advantage, Fishless cycle ;)
I might do the sacrificial goldfish cycle for my tank, as I can't be stuffed going fish less.
I do have a naughty fish bashing a couple of blue Rams, so I might subject it to the nitrogen cycle as punishment.....
Oh and chocky, make sure you are 100% certain on the background before setting it up
I think tanks with no background look poo, but that's just my opinion

#33 chocky

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Posted 26 June 2016 - 11:33 PM

Looking good. Are you not worried about the ADA spiking ammonia though?

ok so i couldnt wait til morning and i did a test.

and yep you were right! massive ammonia spike.

i added 2 big sponge filters and gonna do a water change. sigh.. should be my bed time lol

Use the ammonia spike to your advantage, Fishless cycle ;)
I might do the sacrificial goldfish cycle for my tank, as I can't be stuffed going fish less.
I do have a naughty fish bashing a couple of blue Rams, so I might subject it to the nitrogen cycle as punishment.....
Oh and chocky, make sure you are 100% certain on the background before setting it up
I think tanks with no background look poo, but that's just my opinion

you have other tanks right? just grab some seeded filter media from there?

goldfish are pretty hardy and can usually survive a cycle. lol

#34 Westie

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Posted 27 June 2016 - 10:38 AM

Yeah I plan to squeeze a dirty seeded sponge in to that tank.

Goldfish are hardy, but how do they go on a higher ph?



#35 chocky

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Posted 27 June 2016 - 10:47 AM

Yeah I plan to squeeze a dirty seeded sponge in to that tank.

Goldfish are hardy, but how do they go on a higher ph?

 

They're fine up to pH8.5 as long as its stable.

though ideally they like around pH7.4-8.0 :) 

 

i plan to chuck one of my ryukins in there if i get a snail problem. lol



#36 Westie

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Posted 27 June 2016 - 11:49 AM

argh snails! destroy!!!!!!!!



#37 malawiman85

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 02:37 PM

Should do a snail biotope in 2017.
Nice rocks 82. Rocks are killing me at the moment cant find what I want at all.
Need to do head over to AGP I think.

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 03:23 PM

Thanks mate. Yeah I was suprised how good they looked. I went through a couple of boxes of those pisces aquarium rocks with Chris @ Aquotix, and they looked different to the picture on the box. He also got a small sample of the "sahara gold" sand and put it in a cup to see what it looked like under light, and compared against the rocks. Then we put the rocks against the crushed coral, and the crushed coral looked more natural (or less artificial). Now if only I could find some snail shells that look like the Neothauma Tanganyicense snail shells, I'd be laughing. I got in contact with a lady in Kingsley that sells shells (Australian Seashells) but a pack of 12 shells is $30 plus postage. Not sure if I want to spend that much considering how many shells I want to get, as well as still having to buy a few things before filing this tank.



#39 malawiman85

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 04:00 PM

Crushed coral will be a good addition for a tang tank anyways.
Yeah the spendings add up fast. Particularly if you start spending on the little things too.
I had a bit of a look at artificial rocks but couldnt find anything that would cut the mustard (stupid saying but im using it).
I reckon ive got about $200 to spend on mine yet... thats more than I originally planned to spend on the whole thing. Spent nearly $500 already. Only spent about $50 on last years comp.
I have been looking at the Pisces stuff on line but I would hate it if it turned up not as good as I expected so going to have to do a LFS crawl.

#40 Mattia

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 04:01 PM

Jason, have you asked someone who has been to Tanganyika before? ;)




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